• "I see what you don’t. Write about things least spoken of. Speak less, listen more. Watch less, observe more. Know more by learning more. Attach less, detach more. Be seen less, remembered more. And believe that less is, in fact, more."
  • "Today, organs can get replaced but no one has found a replacement for lost trust, abandoned hearts, shattered souls and tears that flowed. Imagine that!"
  • "Life is not a straight line. It is a circle. See you a-round!"
  • If you do not wish to cross the bridge when you get to it go ahead, take a boat... either way, cross over, you will have to."

Mar 17 2010

Let Me Be A Wall

A Wall. Ever thought of how many different types of walls exist?
A wall is never ‘just’ a wall. It always means something.

Let me illustrate…….

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Defensive Walls: (Fight, Protect)

a. Great Wall of China, the World’s longest wall in Northern China.

Great Wall Of China -  Photo courtesy: comgeo.net

Great Wall Of China – Photo courtesy: comgeo.net

b. Great Wall of Gorgan (2nd longest wall in the World) in North Eastern Iran.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wailing Wall: Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia

Wailing Wall: Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia

 

Religious Walls: (Believe)

Like the ‘Wailing Wall’ or ‘Western Wall’, an important Jewish religious site in the Old City of Jerusalem.



                            
Memorial Walls: (Commemorate, Serve)
Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Washington DC, USA (Photo: Wikipedia)

Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington DC, USA (Photo: Wikipedia)

Like the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, a National War Memorial in
Washington D.C, USA.





 
Dividing Walls: (Mine & Yours) 
Old City (Photo: jewishvirtuallibrary.org)

Old City (Photo: jewishvirtuallibrary.org)

The ‘Old City’ is a 0.9sq km (0.35sq mi) walled area within the modern city of Jerusalem.

The Old City has been divided into four quarters – Muslim, Christian, Armenian and Jewish.





Connecting Walls: (Bond, Bring Close)

Connected Houses: Photo: metrorealtycorp.com

Connected Houses: Photo: metrorealtycorp.com

Like those that connect rows of homes with each other.








  

Walls of Massacre: (Murder)

Jallianwala Bagh: Photo: Wikipedia

Jallianwala Bagh: Photo: Wikipedia

Like those in Jallianwala Bagh – a garden in the Northern Indian city of Amritsar where, on April 13, 1919, ninety British Indian Army soldiers under the command of Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer, opened fire on an unarmed gathering of men, women and children.


Boundary Walls: (Distance, Do Not Enter My Space)

Mexican-American Border in Arizona (Photo: Wikipedia)

Mexican-American Border in Arizona (Photo: Wikipedia)

a. Border Fence / Border Wall – The barrier between Mexico and United States.
b. India-Pakistan Border

 

 

 

 

 

Walls With Ears: (Hmm..I’m Listening)

How else do you think Sushila Aunty from next door knows what music you like!!

Load-Bearing Walls: (Tension, Stress)
Those that hold roofs and the rest of a building over our heads.
Walls With Eyes: (I see you)
Like those of a home that has witnessed intense pain, mental / physical brutality.

Decorative Walls: (Beauty)

3D Wall Painting: Photo: idea78.com

3D Wall Painting: Photo: idea78.com

Like 3D wall paintings.









 

 

Message Walls: (Understand Me, Know Me)

Graffiti Wall

Graffiti Wall

Walls that display Graffiti, Social networking message walls, advertisements, inscriptions.

Needless to say but I’ll say it anyway, walls intrigue me.
(Yes I know the strangest of things do, get used to it!!)
So many different kinds of walls yet, a ‘wall’ is always given a negative connotation. I wonder why!
Despite being of various types, I feel that all walls have certain common characteristics……
One such crucial characteristic that makes every wall a wall is it’s stoicalness. It will not break without a fight.
The second is that all walls speak, talk, the same language. No matter where they are in the World, walls are understood. No one needs to explain a wall’s presence. All walls convey their messages on their own.
Third, every wall takes upon itself a responsibility. It is liable for something and for as long as it exists, it will remain accountable.
Think about another interesting factor here…… aren’t walls so much like human beings?
Walls convey, talk, fight, deceive, protect, believe, commemorate, serve, separate, bond, murder, create distance, listen, have stress, see, witness, are beautiful or not, are responsible, take care of as well as need to be taken care of and want to be known and understood.
One structure and such a plethora of attributes.
Just like you and me.
Human beings created walls and these inanimate structures have learnt to be so articulate and eloquent. They speak our language and convey our emotions. Isn’t it amazing how a simple thing like a ‘wall’ can convey and portray such an extensive number of human traits?
So…….. let me be a wall.
 © Maulshri Rajdhan
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